Welcome back to Leviticus! You are doing a phenomenal job, keep up the great work! This post is about our third week, it we will see we are called to be holy. Holiness is one of the great graces God gives us. My APPLY for this week is about how we become holy and what it means.
Monday, June 18 Chapter 11
Tuesday, June 19 Chapter 12
Wednesday, June 20 Chapter 13
Thursday, June 21 Chapter 14
Friday, June 22 Chapter 15
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We are holy because God is holy. I suppose I can stop this post there, right? I’m holy because I believe God is holy and he is the Lord of my heart. The problem with this method of thinking is that it relinquishes our free will. Just because I believe in God and I have welcomed him into my heart, doesn’t mean I always rise to the standards he has set for his people. The reality is, I’m broken, I have sins on my soul. So can I be holy and sinful? Nope! We see in this week’s memory verse that God says we are holy because he is holy, AFTER he gives a ton of commands. It’s through our compliance that our holiness becomes perfected.
By God’s grace we have the capacity for holiness and perfection. It doesn’t come from our resolve, our strength, our virtue, it comes from the one who gives us strength, resolve, and virtue. Apart from God, we can’t be perfected. I guess what I’m trying to say is that this whole relationship with the divine thing is a two way street. God saves the people in Exodus from the oppression of the Egyptians in the same way he frees us from the bondage of original sin. He then invites the people into the covenant with him on Mount Sinai by giving them several commands concerning how to live their lives. We will soon see the consequences of disobedience…and it isn’t holiness. That holiness comes from holding up our end of the bargain in the covenant with God. He offers us an invitation, we can take or reject it; we can take it, then reject it; or we can accept it every moment of every day, committing ourselves at each turn to follow the Father’s commands, to accept the sacrifice of the Son, and obey the promptings of Spirit who is the one who makes us holy. When we follow the tugs on our heart by the Spirit, he leads us down the path of righteousness, it is he who allows us the opportunity to enter into the full covenant relationship with God we are called to. There is nothing we can do apart from him.
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